—Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now
—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit
—Patricia Churchland, author of Conscience and Touching a Nerve
—Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, authors of Survival of the Friendliest
—Michael Tomasello, author of Becoming Human and A Natural History of Human Thinking
—Lee McIntyre, author of Post-Truth and How to Talk to a Science Denier
—Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic and author of The Moral Arc and Heavens on Earth
—Eric Lotke, author of Making Manna and Union Made
—Clay Farris Naff, member, National Association of Science Writers
—Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
—Dennis Trumble, author of The Way of Science
Why are ideologies poisoning public discourse? Why is extremism on the rise? How did we get here, and what can we do about it?
It turns out some influential assumptions are suppressing our culture’s “immune response” to dangerous ideas. These assumptions prevent us from normalizing critical thinking and leave us vulnerable to mind-parasites.
Fortunately, there’s a cure. In this lively and uplifting book, Andy Norman isolates an idea with a long history of inoculating people against the worst forms of ideological infection. He then shows how we can fashion it into a mind vaccine and deepen our immunity to harmful beliefs.
Mental Immunity is a practical guide to spotting and removing bad ideas, a stirring call to transcend our petty tribalisms, and a serious bid to bring humanity to its senses.
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